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Top 2011 Baby Toys

by Shawn Bean and Holly Kapherr


Top 2011 Baby Toys
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These top baby toys from Fisher-Price, Haba and more get tots thinking, moving, singing and laughing.

 

1 of 25 Image Credits: Amazon

Alphaberry

Price:$20.00

The Alphaberry has all the sensory stimulation of Daddy's BlackBerry without the cluttered inbox. Press a letter and baby hears it repeated and sees it on the digital screen (which changes to blue, orange and red when you scroll the color wheel). It also plays the ABC song in versions including country, blues and rock 'n' roll.

2 of 25 Image Credits: Apple Park

Apple Park Picnic Pals Gift Crate

Price:$39.00

Bedtime in a box! The Apple Park Picnic Pals Gift Crate includes a baby cloth, teether, finger puppet and book. Choose from five fun pals.

3 of 25 Image Credits: Toys R Us

Bright Starts' Having a Ball Roll and Chase Bumble Bee

Price:$15.00

Set Bright Starts' Having a Ball Roll and Chase Bumble Bee to “chase and play” mode and it tumbles in different directions, prompting baby to crawl along. Set it to “learning” mode for lessons about colors, shapes and numbers.

4 of 25 Image Credits: Buckley Boo

BuckleyPanda and BuckleyLion

Price:$20.00

From baby to big girl, BuckleyPanda and BuckleyLion grow with her. During the early months, it's a soft and snuggly lovey. Once she starts flexing her mad motor skills, the buckles foster critical thinking and dexterity.

5 of 25 Image Credits: KMart

Caterpillar Truck N Mixer Shape Sorter

Price:$15.00

The Caterpillar Truck N Mixer Shape Sorter lets your toddler play trucks like the big boys while sharpening his problem-solving skills. Drop the shapes into the clear red plastic “mixer,” then push this sturdy yellow rig to the job site.

6 of 25 Image Credits: Albee Baby

Chicco's Funny Vehicle Fire Truck and Dump Truck

Price:$19.00

Chicco's Funny Vehicle Fire Truck and Dump Truck are more than just pretty faces. A movement sensor sets off sound effects (including sirens and songs), which encourage baby to push, pull and move these little trucks around the room.

7 of 25 Image Credits: Toys R Us

Go Baby Go! Poppity-Pop Musical Dino

Price:$25.00

Fisher-Price calls it Go Baby Go! Poppity-Pop Musical Dino but we prefer Cause and Effect: The Original Soundtrack. With eight tunes to choose from, your tot will bop as he drops the balls in the dino's tail (which promotes hand-eye coordination) and watches them pop over the side or roll out the mouth.

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Habaland Play Blocks

Price:$63.00

Haba makes some of the best wooden toys we've ever played with (uh, we mean reviewed in a professional manner). Its latest, Habaland Play Blocks, comes with 25 beech wood pieces that can create a city (tower!) or the countryside (trees and tractors!).

9 of 25 Image Credits: Amazon

Joovy Tricycoo

Price:$100.00

Get a tricycle with a longer shelf life. The customizable Joovy Tricycoo has a removable parent push handle and toddler side railing to help keep him secure. When he's ready to ride solo, unlock the front wheel pedals and watch him go.

10 of 25 Image Credits: Amazon

Rusty the Robot by Lamaze

Price:$17.00

He's the latest in tactile technology; Rusty the Robot by Lamaze has five different textures plus multiple patterns and a mirror to engage baby's sense of sight and recognition. Rusty also has plastic rings for teething or attaching to a stroller or diaper bag.

11 of 25 Image Credits: Lego

Lego Duplo Winnie the Pooh's House

Price:$30.00

Write a children's story one block at a time with Lego Duplo Winnie the Pooh's House. Should your tot build Pooh's house or just serve pots of honey to Piglet and Eeyore? Forty oversize pieces tune fine motor skills and develop independent thinking.

12 of 25 Image Credits: Amazon

Squishmallow Hans the Hedgehog Pillow

Price:$26.00

Is anything cuter or cozier than a Squishmallow? When it comes to Christmas gifts for toddlers, this stuffed animal pillow named Hans the Hedgehog has stolen our hearts. He's more than just a bedtime buddy: super soft, easily washable and oversized for extra comfort, Hans and pals are made from marshmallow-like material, perfect for comfort, support and warmth at home, at a sleepover, while traveling in the car and beyond.

13 of 25 Image Credits: Bed Bath and Beyond

Cloud B's Mimicking Monkey

Price:$32.00

Record your voice onto Cloud B's Mimicking Monkey or choose one of its prerecorded sounds to lull baby to sleep. The Velcro hands make hanging around crib-side a cinch.

14 of 25 Image Credits: Walmart

FurReal Friends JJ the Jumpin Pug

Price:$50.00

Man’s best friend just got a little easier to care for with JJ, My Jumpin Pug. When you pat JJ’s head or wave at him, he jumps and barks just like a real dog would. Your child will love playing with their new best friend, and you’ll love that you won’t have to take care of a new puppy.

15 of 25 Image Credits: Babies R Us

Playskool Poppin' Park Elefun Busy Ball Popper

Price:$30.00

Playskool Poppin' Park Elefun Busy Ball Popper develops hand-eye coordination and stimulates his senses. The 360-degree rotating trunk sends balls to the belly pouch for sitters, to the orange arm for standers or forward for more mobile tots to chase.

16 of 25 Image Credits: Yellow Label Kids

Rainbow Rattles by Yellow Label Kids

Price:$29.00

The cheerful, crocheted, handmade Rainbow Rattles by Yellow Label Kids are perfectly sized for little hands. They're eco-friendly too; the yarn is made from organic bamboo.

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Rock Star Mickey

Price:$55.00

He head-bangs, duck-walks and plays guitar solos with his nose: Rock Star Mickey promotes music by putting on a killer show. While his set list is only three songs long, the coolest feature is the “rock star 101” mode where Mickey teaches his moves.

18 of 25 Image Credits: Amazon

Sing-A-Ma-Jigs Duets

Price:$19.00

The Sing-A-Ma-Jigs Duets is the Björk of musical toys: quirky, mesmerizing and totally original. With each squeeze of the tummy it belts out a new note (press the hand for different tones and octaves). When played alongside any other Sing-A-Ma-Jig, they harmonize.

19 of 25 Image Credits: Amazon

Skip Hop Hug and Hide Dog

Price:$17.00

Equal parts huggable doohickey and sensory thingamajig, the Skip Hop Hug and Hide Dog is chock-full of crinkly, jingly attached playthings (read: won't lose pieces in the sofa cushions).

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Haba Baby Doll Luca

Price:$29.00

A lot of tots carry a stuffed animal and a blanket, so consider Haba Baby Doll Luca a two-for-one special. The doll is super-plush for snuggling and develops gross and fine motor skills with a removable onesie, kerchief and shoes.

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Green Toys Stacking Cups

Price:$11.00

BPA- and PVC-free Green Toys Stacking Cups, made from recycled milk containers, scoop water at bathtime, stack sky-high in the living room and sort like Mommy's measuring cups.

22 of 25 Image Credits: Alex Toys

Alex Jr. Stretchy Puppy

Price:$28.00

With a rattle tail and squeaky nose that are totally giggle-worthy, the tactile-tastic Alex Jr. Stretchy Puppy wears enough patterns and eye-popping designs to entertain a circus clown.

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Alex Jr. Stretchy Sandwich

Price:$22.00

Alex Jr. Stretchy Sandwich is fun for your little foodie. The sandwich is a virtual cause-and-effect buffet: It pulls apart to reveal colorful, crinkly fillings and features a teething ring and rattle at one end.

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Fun Travel Activity Nest by Chicco

Price:$60.00

The Fun Travel Activity Nest by Chicco folds and zips for easy transport while traveling. Lay flat for tummy time, raise the bar for fun with dangling toys or lift the mesh canopy (shown) to keep baby cozy during playtime.

25 of 25 Image Credits: Alex Toys

Alex Jr. Mix 'n Max Zoom Around Rocker

Price:$132.00

With its eye-popping colors and patterns, the covetable Alex Jr. Mix 'n Max Zoom Around Rocker is one toy you just might design a nursery around. A solid wood frame provides super support. It's a plush lovey you can ride!